Joël Penkman

Joël’s work is nothing short of jaw-dropping. She has the rare ability to paint everyday objects with such minute detail and accuracy that you would be forgiven for thinking they are photographs. It’s no wonder, then, that brands queue up to have Joël interpret their wares. From Monster Munch, cakes and sweets and branded condiments to books, ornaments and tools, Joël uses egg tempera to illustrate every crinkle, sheen and detail to accurately portray her subjects. Joël originates from New Zealand but now resides in the UK where, it seems, the country’s staple delicacies (often found in sweet shops) inspire her to create this work.